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Launch event: Arts and Culture at QMUL

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8 November 2017

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Venue: People's Palace, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS
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Join us for a celebration of the arts and culture at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). The event will make the official launch of the university's arts and culture strategy. 

Commitment to the arts

Queen Mary is a major contributor to London’s cultural diversity. Established as a Victorian philanthropic institution dedicated to improving the lives of the people of the East End, QMUL is a global arts institution, firmly anchored in our East London community. 

QMUL is home to four Arts Council national portfolio organisations and countless practicing artists. Our cultural activities range from student societies to multi-million pound music technology spin-outs. And while QMUL has been at the forefront of developing links between the creative industries and higher education, we have always valued culture and the arts as a means to communicate our research, deliver innovative teaching, foster social justice and care for each other.

This event celebrates the transformative cultural experiences that students, staff and members of the public enjoy at QMUL. Focussing on the themes of our new five-year arts and culture strategy - global research, community engagement, and creative leadership - it brings together artists from the QMUL community with international leaders from the cultural sector.


Saida Tani

Speakers and performers

  • Colin Bailey, Principal and President of Queen Mary University of London
  • Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A Museum
  • Stella Hall, Co-founder of the Green Room and leading festival director
  • Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Performances include: 


Professor Lois Weaver
  • Lois Weaver, performance artist and Professor of Contemporary Performance at QMUL
  • ‘My Saree’s Story' by British/Bangladeshi drama practitioner Rokshana Khan
  • The Chinese Music Studio
  • Bangladeshi singer and song writer Saida Tani
  • Poet Nick Makoh
  • Dickie Beau, QMUL Associate Research Fellow and performance artist
  • Pianist Kate Ryder
  • Live jazz music from QMUL's students.

The launch will be held in the People’s Palace on our Mile End Campus – a venue which was created in the Victorian era to bring new and dynamic cultural opportunities to the people of East London. The formal part of the event is followed by a networking reception from 8pm.

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